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The Rise of Skywalker Opens to $40 Million at Thursday Previews

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker began its opening weekend with a strong $40 million in early domestic Thursday shows, delivering the fifth-best preview performance in industry history. The Thursday figure trails the openings of Avengers: Endgame ($60 million), The Force Awakens ($57 million), The Last Jedi ($45 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($44 million).

Internationally, the film is open in 46 markets, with 33 material markets opening yesterday including UK, Russia, Australia, Brazil and Mexico. The first two days have seen it earn $59.1 million to date. The top international markets include UK ($8.3 million), Germany ($7.2M), France ($5.3M), Australia ($4.3M), and China ($3.6M). Today sees further openings in Japan, Spain and China as well as South Africa, Turkey and India.

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

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Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio. The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, returns to a galaxy far, far away. The movie is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin.

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Mirko Parlevliethttp://VitalThrills.com
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded VitalThrills.com to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.

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